Been a minute since our last Introduction!
Today I’d like to extend a warm welcome to K.E. Garland. Welcome to The PBS Blog! Let’s get started.
What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Katherin Elizabeth Garland and I was born and raised on the west side of Chicago. I currently live in Florida.
Uh oh, another Chicago native in the building. I’m from the South Side myself. How long have you been in Florida? That weather must be feeling lovely.
I know right! Chi-town stand up! I’ve been here for about 20 years. We moved back to a suburb one year (Naperville), but found it was a little colder than we remembered lol, so we moved back. The weather here is WONDERFUL, when there’s not a category five hurricane coming towards us 😉
What is the most annoying habit that you have?
People “claim” <insert air quotes> that I eat very loud. I mean I don’t know if I believe them or not, but several friends and family members have complained.
Several loll. Siblings?
I have one sister who is five years older than I am. We weren’t raised together because I was adopted out of the family. Consequently, we’re not very close. I consider myself an only child; however, I use the phrase, “I was raised as an only child,” out of respect for the situation.
Aww. Let’s get back to writing. I met you through the blog, does blogging help you to write?
Blogging does help me write. It helps me maintain consistency with my purpose and writing. For example, my blog is focused on nonfiction, inspirational stories, so no matter my topic or thought, I always intentionally try to see the “good” in real situations and inspire readers to think a little differently about common issues.
That’s what’s up. Your comment section always popping lol. Do you have any blogging advice for author bloggers?
L…O…L Just be yourself. In all things, be yourself. You can’t be like the blogger who posts every day because you have a day job. You can’t talk about relationships because you don’t want to open up. And that’s FINE! Be yourself and do what you do best.
I get the feeling I already know the answer to this question but, what’s your favorite color?
My favorite color is red. I have a red purse, red laptop cover, and red clothing (in every style, including several red pairs of shoes). I also have red sheets, red silverware, and a red dish holder thing for when the dishes dry (whatever it’s called).
Oh my goodness lol. You are obsessed! When did you publish your first book? What was that like?
I actually published my first book in 2015. It is called Kwoted and included 100 original quotes created by me. As simple as the book was, I was ecstatic to have even gone through the self-publishing process. People didn’t really buy that book, but it inspired me to know that my next book, The Unhappy Wife (2016) was possible.
Kwoted sounds lovely. I like the spin on the title and I just finished The Unhappy Wife. Are you married Kathy?
I have been married for 21 years now.
That’s awesome. Children?
I have two beautiful and polar opposite daughters. They are eighteen and sixteen.
Let’s go back to The Unhappy Wife for a moment. You’ve been married for over 20 years which I think is amazing. What advice can you give to young women out there on being happier in marriage?
Thank youuuu! I had this advice made up on a t-shirt when I was promoting the book:
- Know yourself.
- Love yourself.
- Be yourself.
That’s it. If you do one or all of those things, then your marriage will go smoothly. You’ll take ownership for who you are in the relationship and you’ll stop blaming others for your happiness or unhappiness.
Nice. Write that down people. OK, let’s switch it up a bit. What are your thoughts on Race?
Here in the States, we’ve spent too much time creating racial constructs and fighting against them. It’s an exhausting conversation and way of life. Quite honestly, I know that once we focus on the real divide, socioeconomic inequality, then we’ll be making some headway. Once we realize that most of us are in the same boat financially, while wealthy people control our entire existence, then a true shift will occur. Race (and racial inequality) is just something to keep us distracted from real issues. I hope I’m clear. Racial inequality does exist, but we have to move the conversation beyond race and into financial insecurity.
Interesting. What takes up too much of your time?
Nothing takes up too much of my time. I say this because I’ve spent much of my life getting to a place where most of my time is my own; therefore, I don’t think anything takes up “too much of” it. In most moments, I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing, which I know is creating each future moment of my life. That’s a great feeling.
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Thank you Kathy for spending this time with us. We enjoyed you!
Katherin is a First Place Royal Palms Literary Award winning writer for Creative Nonfiction. Her work has been featured in the South Florida Times, Talking Soup and For Harriet. She typically writes in order to inspire social change. Other examples of her work can be found on her personal blog.